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Grants to Community

    Community Grant, Fast Grant and Competitor's Fast Grant

    This webpage contains information designed to assist not-for-profit organisations and members of the Southern Downs community in obtaining grant funding through Council for their projects or activities. 
    As you scroll down this webpage you will locate the following information - in this order.

    • Guidelines.
    • Funding rounds - opening and closing dates.
    • Links to grant application forms.
    • Book & Borrow a Council Banner form.
    • Request for a Letter of Support form.
    • Resource documents.
    • Council sponsorship information.
    • Successful Council grant recipient lists.
    • External funding opportunities.

    GUIDELINES

    Everything an applicant needs to know about Council's Grants to Community can be found in the following Guidelines. 
    Council encourages all applicants to read the Guidelines prior to completing an application form online. 
    Council would like to inform prospective grant applicants that “they should not rely on Council as a continual or sole source of income and should actively pursue other avenues of funding to aid in their development of projects.” 

    Community Grant Guidelines

    Fast Grant Guidelines      

    Competitor's Fast Grant Guidelines

    FUNDING ROUNDS - 2019/2020

    The confirmed funding rounds for the 2019/20 financial year are as follows:

    Community Grant

       2019-2020           Opens      Closes       For projects taking place between 
                 
    Round One    Wed, 24 April 2019     Wed, 22 May 2019    19 July 2019 and 31 July 2020
                 
    Round Two    Wed, 25 September 2019     Wed, 23 October 2019    1 January 2020 and 31 July 2020

    Fast Grant and Competitor's Fast Grant

    Open:         Mon, 1 July 2019 until Fri, 19 June 2020

       
    For projects taking place between:   19 July 2019 and 31 July 2020

    PLEASE NOTE - 2018/19 Fast Grant Funding Program - CLOSED

    In accordance with the Fast Grant Guidelines, Section 3 - "The Fast Grant is open for applications all financial year - or - until the budgeted funding allocation has been depleted.” 
    Council awarded Fast Grant funding to 43 successful applicants during the 2018/19 financial year and increased the initial Fast Grant budget from $25,000 to $70,000, which has now been depleted. 
    As such the 2018/19 Fast Grant program is now closed.  
    Council apologises for any inconvenience caused and encourages applicants to apply for a Fast Grant in the 2019/20 financial year.

       

    FORMS

    Grant Application Forms

    Applications for Grants to Community are made on-line via SmartyGrants and will be available for completion in accordance with the dates each Round opens and closes as noted above.  
    The red underlined grant names below are links to the application form.  Click on the name of the grant you are applying for which will re-direct you to SmartyGrants, where you will complete the application form on-line.
    A SmartyGrants Help Guide for Applicants is accessible online at:  SmartyGrants - Help Guide for Applicants and the SmartyGrants Frequently Asked Questions may also be of assistance SmartyGrants - Applicant FAQ's.  Applicants may telephone SmartyGrants - Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm AEST on (03) 9320 6888 or via email to service@smartygrants.com.au
    Applicants may also contact Council - Monday to Friday between 8am and 5pm on 1300 697 372 (1300 MY SDRC) or via email to mail@sdrc.qld.gov.au.

     
    • The 2019/20 Fast Grant and Competitor's Fast Grant application forms will be available from 1 July 2019 - for projects taking place between 19 July 2019 and 31 July 2020.
           

    Other Forms

    • Successful Grants to Community and RADF recipients are welcome to Book & Borrow a Council Banner to use for their projects.  This provides another avenue for the purposes of acknowledging Council's contribution to your project to be included in your Grants to Community Acquittal Form or RADF Project Outcome Report.  
      Click on the red underlined link below, complete the form and submit it to Council.  Please allow a minimum of five (5) working days before collection.

      Book & Borrow a Council Banner (PDF 352.8KB)

    • Requests for a Letter of Support from Council, to accompany a grant funding application external to Council, needs to be made by completing the form below and returning it to Council.  Please allow five (5) working days for completion. 

      Request for Letter of Support Form (DOCX 1MB)

    RESOURCES

    The following resources may be of assistance when completing a Grants to Community application form.

           

    COUNCIL SPONSORSHIP

    Council no longer provides Sponsorship.  Any financial assistance from Council needs to be requested through a Grants to Community grant application - when a round is open.   

    SUCCESSFUL COUNCIL GRANT RECIPIENTS    

    EXTERNAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

    • Australian Council for the Arts
      • Search for funding programs offered by the Australia Council for the Arts which is the Australian Government's Arts Funding and Advisory Body
    • Community Grant Guru
      • A free searchable listing of nation wide grants and funding programs for community based and not-for-profit organisations.
    • Funding Centre
      • The Funding Centre provides information on grants and fundraising in Australia.  Access to a live grants database and other resources is on a subscription basis.

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